Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bee Themed Bag

If you had ever been to my house, you would know that I love all things related to bees and beehives. I even have a room devoted to my collection - the small bathroom.

The above photo is a close up of our latest find. Actually, my husband picked it out at an antique store we were browsing and he knew that I would love it. I do! It is stamped "occupied Japan" on the back. It's not rare - I found several on ebay. But we did get a good price for it.

So anyway, I've been searching for bee related embroidery and cross stitch patterns. I found this one from pinterest and decided to stitch it up and make it into a drawstring bag. I love how it turned out!

I stitched it on some linen that I found at Walmart. (They had several different colors of this linen for under 4.00 a yard. I bought some of each, but wished I'd bought more. It's all gone now:(
Going through my fabric stash, I found this bee fabric. A perfect match! It's a great bag for storing my  ongoing needlework projects . I had so much fun making this, I've decided to make a bunch (in other designs too) and selling them. Two of my favorite things - embroidery and sewing. I could do this all day!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Colors of My Garden

Have you ever noticed that the colors of a garden change as the seasons progress? I have and it is very apparent in our gardens.

Spring is lavenders, blues, whites, and pinks, with a touch of soft yellows. Some tulips are red and orange, but I try to stay away from them. (Sometimes a bag of bulbs isn't what the label says:) Maybe these colors are in tune with the gentle spring light and soft greens of the new tree leaves. My favorite season!

 Then as the sun gets brighter and warmer with the lengthening days, the flower colors get brighter too. Strong yellows, reds, oranges and purples. Still some blues and whites to tone things down a bit.  The flowers jump out at you as you walk down the path. Maybe this is my favorite season.

As summer winds down we see a big change in the garden's colors. Warm, rich browns, dark reds, and golds. Is this your favorite season? Might be mine!

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. We have been spending time in the garden, of course, swimming and going on hikes with our grandson, and enjoying a visit from our oldest. This weekend we are celebrating Tad's 5th birthday. Time sure flies, and more so during the summer. Slow down!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

There's Another Dr. in the House!

Please forgive a little bragging, but we are so proud of this boy! Just a week before his 32nd birthday, our middle son Andrew successfully defended his dissertation for a PhD in neurobiology.  And he did it while he and his wife were having four children, including this little sweetie just 6 weeks ago:

Andrew has accepted a job at the University. Though it's not an ideal position, he will stay there for a couple of years and get more experience. And you know what that means - we will have them near us for awhile longer! Yah!!!

PS. You might remember that our oldest son received a PhD in philosophy in 2012. I know, we don't know where they get it either:) But I have to say: home schooling works!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt and Pin Cushion

I have been wanting to make a log cabin quilt similar to the one made by Mias Landliv. (Her blog is closed  now, but you can see her quilt on Pinterest.) I went through my scraps and pulled out the colors I wanted to use. Not enough. So I made the trip to my not so local QS and picked up mostly French General prints. Perfect! I had forgotten how fast and easy strip piecing can be. It went together just like I wanted and in a few days it was ready to be quilted. But it will have to wait. I'm quilting another one right now and want to get it finished first.

While I had those pretty fabrics out I decided to make a pincushion based on one from Heidi Staples new book. I changed it up a little and added a place to put my quilting thread. My husband says it was about time I made something like this as we are always searching the sofa for lost scissors or thimbles! I love having everything handy in a cute place.

We took our grandson down to Turkey Run State Park on Saturday. We usually don't go there on the weekend but we thought the rainy weather would keep most people away. Wrong!!! Anyway, we had a wonderful time with this enthusiastic, smart boy. He loves nature just like his daddy and uncles, and it brought back so many memories as we hiked along the creek. We love this boy, and can't wait until the twins are ready to do this as well!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring in Our Garden

Virginia bluebells, woodland poppy, and lungwort

Crabapple in bloom, hostas coming up


Flowering quince in the herb garden

Love those snowdrops: need to plant more!

Viola planted from seed

Couldn't resist instant color - Knock-Out Rose

Pretty peach daff.

This is my most favorite time of the year - the time I wait for all the rest of the year! I love that soft green just coming on, the blooming trees, noisy mating birds, and best of all, the spring peepers. We can hear them from the creek across the back field. Of course that also means the louder frogs in our pond (and our unopened pool!) But I don't mind. We look for the eggs and then the tadpoles. I love nature!

Smaller male on female. See the strings of eggs?
 To end this post I will share what I saw when I went outside this morning. Five huge vultures perching on our barn. They look rather menacing, don't they?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Meet Our New Granddaughter!

This is our Andrew with his precious baby girl, Beatrix. Isn't she the sweetest thing! (It looks like she has Tad and Klaus's red hair.) They called us at about 10:00 Monday night and said I should probably come over to stay with the other kids. When I got there, Alison was bustling around (through her contractions) getting everything ready to go. We were going to take Tad to our house and a friend was coming to stay with the twins. They were only at the hospital for about two hours, when out she came! No time for an epidural. I guess when you've had three babies already, you know what to do!

She came at just the right time too. Andrew didn't want her to come before he turned in his dissertation last Friday, but they wanted her to come before the 22nd when he does his defense. Boy, these kids have a lot going on! We were worn out just having Tad for two days:) Really he was so good and delightful to have around. Now he is back home and they are settling in. I'll be taking food over. No time for them to cook!!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Look at the Size of this Egg!

One of our regular eggs.

If Rick had brought this egg in on Friday, I would have thought it was an April Fool's joke! But no, one of our poor hens had laid this huge egg. Most of our eggs are "extra large", but nothing like this. All I can say is "OUCH"!